Jingumae International Exchange International School (Shibuya-ku, Tokyo)

Jingumae International Exchange International / JIES website: www.jies.jp
4-20-12 Jingumae Shibuya-ku 150-0001 Tokyo
Phone: 03-5413-6090    Fax:03-5413-2020
JIES co-ed, PreK-6 international school in Shibuya, Tokyo

Located in Harajuku, right behind Omotesando Hills the school shares facilities with Jingumae Elementary School. In a family like atmosphere, the school dedicated to provide its students with a high quality international education and a lifelong passion for academic, social, and personal success in a safe, supportive, challenging, non-discriminatory and responsive environment that promotes self-discipline, motivation, and excellence. Unique in Japan, the school is involved in an “International Exchange Project” with Jingumae Elementary School, a Japanese public school, in shared facilities, which include a large playground, and a gym, used regularly to promote the exchange among the students. The exchange project has two strands: Informal and Formal. The Informal Exchange is done naturally as the students of both schools share the same playground during recess times every day. Here students interact with each other naturally through games, chats, and so on. The immersion of Japanese language at two different native and second language levels into the curriculum makes the communication possible. The formal exchange entails monthly-guided activities, which include introduction of the Japanese, and international cultures to each other, school festivals (matsuri), sport festivals (undokai), lectures, fairs and so forth. Given the matchless opportunity to interact directly with people from other nations, students of both schools get to know and understand each other better. Therefore, the school is an ideal environment for the children of Japanese and foreign mixed marriages who wish to develop internationalism whilst preserving their Japanese language proficiency, as well as those of entirely foreign parents who wish them to have access to Japan and its culture whilst receiving international education. The school program has standardized and internationally recognized assessment from Grade 3 onwards, using the Cambridge International Primary Progression and Achievement Tests. In preschool, it offers a holistic Movement/Language based development programme called “A Perceptual Motor Programme” that aims to teach a child perceptions and understandings of him/herself and his/her world through movement/motor experiences (see this page).

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